Mar 18, 2005 - 11:18 pm
Hi, I posted several weeks ago about my wife, a stage III colon cancer patient. She has finished 8 of 12 FOLFOX 6 treatments and thus far has tolerated them fairly well. She has to have neupogen injections for 6-7 days after each cycle to keep her white blood cell count up. I am concerned about the longer-term effects of this but it must be done to get her through the treatments. After the 9th or 10th we plan to have a serious conversation with her doctors whether the last two cycles have an appropriate risk/reward profile in her case. After she finishes as of now no additional treatment will be required (we hope).
Question: is Avastin used only for Stage IV, or for Stage III as well? Does it have use as a tumor "preventer" as well as a "shrinker?"
Thanks and I'll be happy to provide more details on Kim if anyone likes.